Professor Dr. Srini NARAYANAN


SriniProfessor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Google Research Scientist, Artificial Intelligence and Socially Relevant Computing, Zurich, Switzerland.

For over a decade, Prof. Narayanan directed the strongly interdisciplinary Berkeley International Computer Science Institute (ICSI [2]) Artificial Intelligence group comprising of computer scientists, linguists, and neuroscientists studying language and cognition. Prof. Narayanan holds a core faculty appointment in Cognitive Science and is a Professor at the Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. His current research interests include cognitive science, socially relevant computing, computational biology, and models of complex adaptive systems functioning in dynamic environments. Prof. Narayanan has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Narayanan helped establish the Berkeley Neural Theory of Language group, whose goal is to build biologically plausible computational models of language learning and use. Prof. Narayanan is the recipient of a David Marr distinguished paper award. Google Faculty Research Award, the ten year highest impact paper award from the Semantic Web Science Association (SWSA), and was selected to be a 2008-2009 Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. In 2013, his paper with Joseph Makin was selected as the best paper at the International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. In February, 2014, Prof. Narayanan left academia to join Google as a Research Scientist applying the techniques and results of his academic research to large scale problems in Artificial Intelligence and socially relevant computing.